Newcastle coach Paul Simpson on the style of football fans can expect this season

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The coaching staff are keen to bring attractive, attacking football back to St James' Park.

Newcastle coach Paul Simpson has given an insight into the footballing philosophy he and manager Steve McClaren hope to instil in the squad this season.

In quotes published by the Shields Gazette, Simpson explained the way that Newcastle will look to play:

“We’ve got some very, very talented players. The philosophy will be to play football…We don’t want to take stupid risks, but if it’s on to play, we want to play.”

The former Derby coach - who was brought along by McClaren following his Newcastle appointment - also revealed that while Newcastle will try to keep the ball, they will not aim to retain possession for possession’s sake.

“We also want to attack, and when we get in that final third, we don’t want to be pretty-pretty, tappy-tappy football.

“We need to get balls in the box, get bodies in the box and score goals.”

Goals were extremely forthcoming during the duo’s time at Derby and Simpson hopes they can transfer the same attacking philosophy and goal threat to the top flight.

“We prided ourselves on the work we did at Derby County when we were very high scorers in the division on both seasons.

“We’ve got to try to rise to that challenge at this next level in the Premier League, which is going to be tough.

The Magpies kicked off the McClaren reign in decent fashion on Sunday against a strong Southampton side, and displayed an exciting and threatening style of football that had been missing on Tyneside for some time.

Newcastle’s fixture list doesn’t get any easier however - with Saturday’s tough trip to Swansea followed up by trips to Manchester United and West Ham as well as a home tie against Arsenal - and the Magpies will need all the possession football they can muster, if they are to pick up any points.

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